Cruise ship death toddler ‘fell on her own and wasn’t dropped by grandad’

A toddler who fell 150ft to her death on a cruise ship was not dropped by her grandfather, her family say.

Instead devastated relatives of tiny Chloe Wiegand say she was placed on a ledge by her grandad – who thought there was glass there.

Tragically Chloe, aged 18 months, was "gone in an instant" according to a family lawyer.

Earlier reports claimed the youngster had been dropped by Salvatore Anello on Sunday afternoon.

In a statement to Sky News, attorney Michael Winkleman said: "The grandfather didn't drop the child, the child fell due to an open glass pane that should have been closed securely.

"Chloe wanted to bang on the glass like she always did at her older brother's hockey games. Her grandfather thought there was glass just like everywhere else, but there was not, and she was gone in an instant."


He said that the family is demanding to know why there was an "open window" in a wall of fixed windows.

Chloe attempted to bang on the glass, unaware that there was none there, Mr Winkleman said.

Mr Anello was described as hysterical after toddler Chloe Wiegand plummeted 150ft on a cruise ship on Sunday.

Investigators believe the grandfather was playing with the young girl when he dropped her.

The Royal Caribbean Freedom of the Seas ship was docked in San Juan, Puerto Rico, when Chloe died.

According to El Vocero , Mr Anello, as well as his wife, son-in-law Alan Wiegalnd and Chloe's paternal grandparents, all had to be sedated by medics.

Prosecutors are investigating the death and say they have not ruled anything out.

Sgt Jose D. Sanchez, acting head of the San Juan Police Department's Homicide Division, told DailyMail.com : "There are various possibilities. It could be a homicide.

"It could be a murder. It could be an accident.

"We are currently in the very early stages of the investigation.

"We haven't ruled out any possibility.


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